If you’re a card carrying lesbian fiction lover and you haven’t read Rita Mae Brown’s 1973 novel Rubyfruit Jungle, you need to turn in your card. Rita led the way in mainstream lesbian fiction. I reviewed Rubyfruit Jungle way back in July of 2011 really just to introduce the phenomenon that is Rita Mae Brown to this blog and to open the door for future reviews. It’s time to revisit one of my favorite “rabble-rousers” as she refers to herself.
For now however, we’re not going to talk about her fiction. Since you all know my love of biographies, we’re going to talk about Rita Mae herself and her 1999 autobiography, Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser.
Rita Mae is now the bestselling author of the Sister Jane novels and the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries (a personal favorite of mine…even though I’m a dog person). She’s also penned a well regarded writer’s manual. She’s a talented writer who writes with both humor and passion. Her autobiography is no different. I laughed out loud and then I laughed even harder.
No punches are pulled here. She tells it like it is/was! You’ll hear about her “former” loves retired tennis star Martina Navratilova and author and actress Fannie Flagg. You’ll hear about her birth, her adoption, her family, her cat and everything surrounding all of it. It’s quite a tale and it’s a tale that will keep you turning pages until the end.
Quite honestly, I hope she writes an update and continues her story soon! I’d be very interested in hearing what she’s been up to – besides writing best sellers – for the past 12 years.